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Goldman Cuts Growth Forecasts On Weak Consumer Spending

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for U.S. second-quarter growth to 1.5 percent from 2 percent, citing weak consumer spending. The downgrade follo...

U.S. Imports Hit Second-Highest Level On Record

Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Doug Palmer) - The U.S. trade gap widened much more than expected in May as a jump in oil prices helped push imports to the second highest...

The Five Best And Worst Industries In June

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

Solving America's employment crisis just became even more daunting, if that's believable. In June, the U.S. economy added only 18,000 jobs total. ...

Choices in the Air

Carl Pope | Posted 09.06.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Most of the steps an airline can take to minimize its carbon pollution are good for the overall economy and will lower the cost of air travel -- yet another case where climate action brings an economic bonus.

Men Account For Most Job Growth During Recovery, While Women Suffer

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business

The recession, famously, hit men hard. It was dubbed the "mancession," with male-dominated industries, like construction and manufacturing, among t...

The "Make it in America" Initiative: The 'Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act'

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

There are few issues more vital to our state of Michigan, as well as our nation, than advanced manufacturing and trade. The "Make it in America" agenda is a plan to rebuild the American manufacturing sector.

What's Patriotic Now?

Carl Pope | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

There's nothing wrong with America that three million new industrial jobs using innovative technologies wouldn't solve. What manufacturing needs is markets, finance, and policy support. Can we do it?

Manufacturing Growth Picks Up For First Time In Four Months

Posted 08.31.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Leah Schnurr) - The pace of growth in the manufacturing sector picked up for the first time in four months in June, a sign of optimism for t...

Companies Moving Jobs To U.S. From China To Avoid Inflation

Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

MILWAUKEE (Scott Malone) - On a recent morning at Master Lock's 90-year-old factory in Milwaukee, a cluster of machinery was whirring, every 2 seconds...

Alex Wagner

Obama Pushes Innovation to Fix Manufacturing Woes | Alex Wagner | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business

Joking that "one of my responsibilities as commander-in-chief is to keep an eye on robots," President Obama on Friday announced a new public-private s...

How Free Trade Made Democracy A Disadvantage

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This is my presentation from last week's Netroots Nation panel session: Revitalizing Manufacturing: The Road to Renewed Job Growth. Click through for...

CEO: 'Mismatch' Between Jobs Available, Workers Needed

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

The United States might have millions of unemployed workers, but one company is having a hard time finding people that fit. Eric Spiegel, U.S. regi...

Is the Economy Stupid?

Paul LaRosa | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business
Paul LaRosa

We -- meaning Wall Street and the government -- put a huge amount of importance on "housing starts." Instead of homes, shouldn't we be manufacturing something we actually need and/or use?

Why We Need a Manufacturing Renaissance - Economically and Ethically

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

America's economy, social cohesion and dignity, and Americans' optimism -- in short, America's traditional strength -- all rest on a thriving middle class which in turn rests on a thriving manufacturing sector.

Lila Shapiro

Auto Union Shows Newfound Willingness To Rise And Fall With Profits | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2011 | Business

A new Wall Street Journal interview with United Auto Workers union president Bob King suggests that when it comes to profit-sharing, the union may be ...

Economy's 'Little Ray Of Hope': The Service Sector

Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - The pace of growth in the services sector picked up modestly in May while gauges of new orders and employment climbed, according to an indu...

Manufacturing "Rebound" a Bust -- New Data

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

I don't enjoy saying "I told you so" on this one, but it appears that the much-heralded manufacturing rebound is indeed a bust.

Americans Need To Lower Their Expectations, Ex-GM Executive Says

Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

DETROIT (Ben Klayman) - The United States has a window of opportunity to dump its reputation as a nation of importers and get back to being a global m...

China Manufacturing Growth Slows On Power Shortages, Inflation Curbs

ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's manufacturers suffered sluggish growth in orders in May as widespread power shortages and inflation-fighting curbs on credit...

U.S. Manufacturing Attempts A High-Tech Comeback

Los Angeles Times | Don Lee | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

If it succeeds, what's happening in upstate New York could help the whole country meet one of its most difficult challenges: re-creating the kinds of ...

The American Manufacturing Crisis and Why it Matters

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Our trade deficit is going to be balanced, the hard way or the easy way, eventually. And it will be essentially impossible for the U.S. to balance its trade without healthy manufacturing exports. Unless, of course, we are willing to reduce our standard of living.

New Home Sales Rise Unexpectedly In April

Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - New single-family home sales rose unexpectedly in April to notch their second straight month of gains and prices increased, offering some...

The Danger of Industrial Optimism: The Challenger Syndrome

Terry Newell | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green
Terry Newell

We must prove something is unsafe, that it will damage human health or the environment, before we can stop it. For the Challenger crew, that was tragic. For us as a nation, it could be catastrophic.

In Asia, Raising the Wage Floor Toward Global Labor Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

While multinationals have prowled the planet to exploit the cheapest workforces they can find, advocates call for a common living wage standard to ensure workers from Shenzhen to Sri Lanka aren't working themselves deeper into poverty.

How to Make an Urban Manufacturing Boom

Adam Friedman | Posted 07.23.2011 | New York
Adam Friedman

The truth is that this country has barely begun to do the urgently needed work of rewiring the economy to support manufacturing and the jobs that it brings.